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Revelle (Roger) Papers
SMC 0006  
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Description
Papers of Roger Revelle, distinguished scientist, academic administrator and early climate change theorist. The collection contains his professional correspondence, writings, research and administrative files, and photographs.
Background
Roger Randall Dougan Revelle (1909-1991) was a scientist, academic administrator and early theorist on the subject of climate change. He earned a B.S. in Geology from Pomona College in 1929 and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of California, Berkeley in 1936 after completing a research assistantship at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). During his graduate work at SIO, Revelle was initially tasked to gather and analyze samples of marine sediments collected by research vessels. However, he became increasingly interested in a parallel investigation into the solubility of calcium carbonate and carbon dioxide in sea water. This early research on the carbon cycle was the foundation for his lifelong study of the connection between anthropogenic fossil fuel emissions and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.
Extent
99 Linear feet (228 archives boxes, 8 shoe boxes, 1 artifact box, 7 flat boxes, 2 map case folders, and 4 films)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the Regents of the University of California.
Availability
Original media in the AUDIOVISUAL series are restricted. Researchers may request user copies in advance.